Busy Saturday for Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy Saturday for Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Saturday night the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter flight crew was dispatched by the Hamilton ICU retrieval team on two urgent medical retrievals.

The first at 9.15pm was to Taumarunui Hospital to uplift a 51 year old male from National park who had suffered a significant medical event.

The second request came at midnight to uplift a critically ill 50 year old man from Tokoroa hospital.

Both patients were flown to Waikato Hospital.

Both night missions were flown with NVG and also conducted under IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) conditions due to the advancing deteriorating weather due in the central North Island.

These two jobs were on the back of two missions flown by the day flight crew to transfer patients to Auckland Hospital and retrieve from Tauranga hospital.

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